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Updated: 07/09/2018 08:30:00AM

Man flew 9,000 hours as Army pilot

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Randy Laney, an Englewood resident, sits in the pilot seat of a Huey helicopter in 1988 that he used to teach young Army lieutenants how to fly. He has 9,000 hours flying time in helicopters over the past 45 years.

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Randy Laney stands in front of his Huey helicopter he flew in Grand Ledge, Michigan, with the Army National Guard. He was in his mid-30s when the photo was taken.

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Randy Laney, 70, is an Englewood resident.

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Randy Laney, of Englewood, flew helicopters for 45 years both in the Army and as a commercial chopper pilot after he was discharged.

“I went to Eastern Michigan University in ’65. I didn’t do well in college. About the only thing I excelled in was ROTC,” the 70-year-old retired pilot recalled. “I decided to stay in ROTC because it keep me out of the draft for Vietnam. When I graduated in ’70, I had a major in political science and a minor in business.”

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